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Sweden takes Daniel to its heart after speech

James Savage · 21 Jun 2010, 18:55

Published: 21 Jun 2010 18:55 GMT+02:00

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The website of both Sweden’s largest tabloids, Aftonbladet and Expressen, still had Daniel’s speech as their leading article on Monday evening. Aftonbladet described the speech as “the moment he became our darling prince.”

The speech “moved royals to tears and spread goosebumps over Swedes’ arms around the whole country,” the paper wrote.

In an instant poll on the newspaper’s website, 86 percent of nearly 140,000 respondents gave the speech five marks out of five.

An online poll on Expressen’s website showed that Daniel was now respondents’ second favourite royal, after his new wife. The wedding speech is being credited with his success.

“I thought it was a fantastic speech because it was so warm, loving and natural,” said Juan Navas, The Local’s royal correspondent and former press secretary to the royal family.

“It shows that he is really capable of being prince of Sweden - there can no longer be any doubt that he is up to the task.”

Top Swedish public speaking consultant Katti Sandberg agreed that the speech had boosted the prince:

“He spoke without notes and was very emotional. Not using a script makes it feel like it comes from the heart,” she said.

“We Swedes are not so used to such emotional speeches - and that made the effect even greater. But it is risky, as there’s always a danger that you’ll lose it.”

“It was also impressive how easily he switched between English and Swedish.”

The prince also won plaudits for employing a little gentle self-mockery in a well-received part of the speech:

“Once upon a time the young man was... perhaps not a frog, in the beginning of the fairytale, as in the story first told by the Grimm brothers. But he was certainly not a prince,” he said.

Katti Sandberg said the speech’s popularity is also due in part to Daniel Westling’s relative anonymity prior to the wedding:

“We Swedes have not seen much of Daniel. Now we got to know him a bit. The speech was an answer to the question ‘can he do it?’”

“Now I don’t think anyone doubts that he can. The only question now is whether he’ll manage to stay walking two steps behind.”

Businessman Bernt Magnusson, who has advised the prince for several years, said he wasn’t surprised by his success:

“I’ve followed Daniel for ten years and have seen how he has developed. He gave the speech without notes and that doesn’t surprise me at all. He has had those words in his mind and ready-formulated for his mouth,” he told Expressen.

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Saturday’s wedding is being viewed as a success by organizers. Half a million people turned up to watch the Crown Princess and newly-minted Prince Daniel ride in an open-top carriage through the streets of Stockholm. A further 2.9 million people watched proceedings on television.

“The Royal Court is really pleased and they should be,” said Juan Navas.

“There were indications prior to the wedding that the monarchy had lost popularity, but Saturday was an indication that the monarchy and the royal family aren’t going anywhere soon.”

The current whereabouts of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are unknown. The couple reportedly slipped away quietly from their wedding reception at Stockholm's Royal Palace in the small hours of Sunday morning, and have not been seen since. They have no official engagements in their diaries until mid-August.

James Savage (james.savage@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:38 June 21, 2010 by balticmaiden
Liebe Victoria!

Ihr Lächeln ist einfach bezaubern und man möchte einfach mit Ihnen fröhlich sein.

Ich wünsche Ihnen und Daniel alles Gute für die Zukunft und viele schöne gemeinsame Jahre zusammen!

Alles Gute.
20:07 June 21, 2010 by Traveler2010
That's terrific!
20:23 June 21, 2010 by Great Scott
I think The Local is killing what may have been a good occasion. It's time to get on with news, not going on about history. I am sick and tired of reading about the cock up SVT made and the bullshit about how it's going to tell the world of how big it is. The world is laughing at this minnow of a TV company, I bet the media are really scared, they are just wasting time and money (oh sorry they are not worried about money, or they would have down a deal which could have been worth millions). I managed to see the wedding on the internet, and wondered whats all the fuss, all I really saw was a load of Muppets. Björn Skifs & Agnes Carlsson were the best act, Sweden should have had this for The Eurovision Song Contest. I have to laugh also when Björn Skifs starts off "I'm standing by an angel" I think he is reffering to Agnes.
21:30 June 21, 2010 by zircon
The Banquette- Chinese movie.
22:14 June 21, 2010 by glamelixir
Agree with Scott... looks like the Local got a big check to keep on licking royal ... ice cream.

03:25 June 22, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Great speech. The young Prince from Ockelbo can do something even the highest dignitary from the USA can't do: Speak without notes or teleprompter, and from the heart.
03:39 June 22, 2010 by Larry Thrash
SVT did a great job on covering the Royal Wedding. Royal ice cream is better than leftist crap we are fed every day.
12:51 June 22, 2010 by Jes
Now that the party is successfully over , Victoria can send that long part of her wedding gown to the leader of the " republicans " . He can convert it into enough ropes to go and hand themselves in the middle of Stockholm city .
16:15 June 22, 2010 by MIK in Sweden
Really nice speech by newly ''born'' Prince. He made a soft corner in the hearts of Swedes. I am sure he will support Victoria in her official engagements and will also be an active member of the Swedish Royal family.
18:26 June 24, 2010 by karlos
I think Daniel's speech was incredible. It was emotional and went straight into the heart. He is a simple guy and his simplicity has taken him high. He is the right match of princess Victoria. Their love story is a real fairy tale and I love it.
12:36 July 7, 2010 by Tim 2346
Local, thanks for your coverage and articles about the Wedding. They are kind and compared to some of the rudeness of some comments from posters.

Much appreciated - thank-you!
13:35 August 25, 2010 by Ruben Brunsveld
The speech shows that Daniel has been prepped by the court in an excellent way. By using humor, self disclosure and other rhetorical devices he made sure that Victoria was not the only one touched by his words. The speech has been included in the tutorial information of the Stockholm Institute for Public Speeking, which can be found under www.stips.se
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